The mix gets underway with the moody, shuffling drums of El Prevost's "Allez Ally," after which the bouncy atmosphere dips with Ryan Elliott's murky remix of Trus'me's "Nards." "Trinidad," the A-side from the trio's debut 12-inch, comes next, and ends up being the mix's first standout moment. Then we get Dyed Soundorom's rework of Daze Maxim's "Farbfilm," a track with a melody that's been enthralling after-hours clubbers for the past few months. It arrives at just the right moment, livening up the mood after a lull created by low-key efforts from Nail and The Mole. Romanian up-and-comer Funk E's "Masa de Fatza" gets a full six-minute rinsing but again resets the vibe to the same mellowness we've seen already.
The stomping, swung house of Mood II Swing brings the energy back up, where it remains for its longest stretch yet. This is thanks to Dewalta & Frieder Klaris's elegant "Fromsidetoside," the most minimal moment on the mix, which sets things up nicely for the skippy "Scene Shifter" by Mazi. Cuts from Philip Boston, Masomenos and Ark & Cabanne pave the way to the final ten minutes, within which the much-tested "Fearless Fun" and the Stalactite Mix of "Need Ur Love" from Grimes Adhesif and Callisto close the mix out.
When it's all said and done, though, there's a feeling that you've spent the past hour pushed and pulled in a few different directions—up and down, mostly. This can be perhaps be attributed to over-ambition, or a perceived need to stack fabric 70 with the same number of highs and lows you'd find in a three-hour DJ set. But with just 70 minutes to play with, the end result is a mix that, more often than not, lacks direction, despite the quality of its selections.
Tue / 25 Jun 2013
01. El Prevost feat. D.Ham - Allez Ally
02. Trus'me - Nards (Ryan Elliott Remix)
03. Apollonia - Trinidad
04. The Mole - Bleep Blop Robot
05. Nail - I've Been There
06. Daze Maxim - Farbfilm (Dyed Soundorom Remix)
07. Funk E - Masa de Fatza
08. Eduardo De La Calle - The Guy From Hackney
09. Mood II Swing feat. John Ciafone - Ohh
10. DeWalta & Frieder Klaris - Fromsidetoside
11. Mazi - Scene Shifter
12. Mome - Control (Tevo Howard Remix)
13. Apollonia - Visa Americain
14. Philipp Boston - Night Chime
15. Masomenos / Ark / Cabanne - Bronze Septembre
16. Grimes Adhesif - Fearless Fun
17. Callisto - Need Ur Love (Stalactite Mix)